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Identify resources

The third part in a continuing series on scripting explains how to use tools that let you identify users and computers outside a domain structure and make them connect to network shares -- depending on who and where they are.

An object represents a manageable item in the operating system, computer or file system. You can't use VBScript to directly manipulate an object -- this language can't "see" objects.

The first step to using VBScript to manipulate an object (such as a file) is to abstract the interface to that object somehow. The Windows Script Host (WSH) abstracts the interface of many Win32 objects. It is both an object itself and a collection of related subordinate objects. One of these objects is WshNetwork (also known as WsScript.Network), which represents network resources such as shared drives and printers.

To use WshNetwork, you must create a reference to it with the CreateObject function (a function, you'll recall, is a set of instructions that the interpreter knows -- you can tell VBScript to "Create an object," but you don't have to tell it how). To create this reference, you would type something like this:
Set oNet = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
Essentially this line tells VBScript that whenever it sees a reference to oNet, it means "WScript.Network." This step is required in order for you to call on the object's properties and methods, such as MapNetworkDrive.

Scripting: Connect users to network resources

  Set your goals
  Identify resources
  Make choices

Christa Anderson
When Christa Anderson began working with Windows Server operating systems in 1992, she became increasingly interested in finding more efficient and flexible ways of performing routine tasks. Christa has written extensively about administrative scripting and taught technical sessions on the subject at conferences such as Comdex and CeBIT, helping people who had never done any scripting to write their own scripts in half a day. In addition to her interest in scripting Windows management, Christa is an authority on server-based computing and the program manager for Terminal Services licensing in Longhorn. If you have a scripting question for Christa, please e-mail her at

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